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Thursday, February 27, 2020

LBM to Host a Fundraiser for the Latest TurnStyle Film Project

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 4:34 PM

The locally based TurnStyle Films is close to finishing its latest documentary movie, Don’t Fall in Love with Yourself. It just needs a bit more money for additional filming days on the West Coast, insurance, mixing & mastering the audio, festival submissions and marketing.

The film explores the life of musician and artist Justin Pearson (the Locust, Dead Cross, Some Girls, Retox) and includes interviews with Pearson, Dave Lombardo, Eric Paul, Gabe Serbian, Bobby Bray, Travis Ryan, Jeremy Bolm, Alexis Marshall, Jon Syverson, Molly Neuman and Becky DiGiglio.

In order to help the filmmakers complete the movie and fully fund the film's Kickstarter campaign, the TurnStyle Films folks have partnered with the Lakewood restaurant/bar LBM on a fundraiser event that takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at LBM.

There will be an exclusive one-night-only drink menu and vegan cookies from Bitchy Vegan Homo. There will also be raffle baskets with hundreds of dollars in prizes provided by local independent businesses like EarthQuaker Devices, 1984 Productions, the Black Market, LOOP, Six Shooter Coffee, OKPants, Bitchy Vegan Homo, AeonHex, Grog Shop, Adam Gnade and Three One G.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Watch the Trailer for the Hulu Adaption of 'Little Fires Everywhere,' Set in Shaker Heights

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 12:07 PM

  • Hulu screenshot
Back in 2018, we reported that Reese Witherspoon and her production team at Hello Sunshine won a bidding war for the rights to Little Fires Everywhere, the bestselling sophomore novel from Shaker Heights High School graduate Celest Ng.

Earlier this week, Hulu dropped a trailer featuring the fruits of that labor, teasing a bit of what's to come next month when the eight-episode adaption of the same name hits small screens.

Witherspoon, who was also instrumental in getting the adaption of Big Little Lies on HBO, is starring in and executive producing the new show along with Scandal's Kerry Washington.

So far, from what we can deduce from the trailer, we can expect plenty of dramatic talking/gazes from the leads as well as actual fires popping up, well, everywhere.

How far the story diverges from the novel, which takes place in Shaker Heights (but doesn't seem to have been filmed there) and is about secrets and lies between two families, remains to be seen.

The author Ng, who no longer lives in Northeast Ohio, is also a producer on the show.

The series hits Hulu on Wednesday, March 18. Check out the trailer below: 
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150 Films to Screen at Next Week's Short.Sweet.Film Fest.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 9:34 AM

  • Courtesy of the Short.Sweet.Film.Fest.
Michael Suglio, organizer of the annual Short.Sweet.Film.Fest. that comes to the Alex Theatre at the 9 next week on Wednesday for a five-day run, was shocked by the number of submissions he received for this year’s event.

“We got 529 submissions,” says Suglio one morning over coffee at Presti’s as he was on his way to teach a film class at Case Western Reserve University. “We got so many submissions.”

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

CIFF Announces Its Opening and Closing Night Films

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 11:26 AM

Military Wives - COURTESY OF CIFF
  • courtesy of CIFF
  • Military Wives
The 44th iteration of the Cleveland International Film Festival will open with a special screening of Military Wives, a film about a group of women from different backgrounds whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan.

Directed by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty), the film stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Capitol Theatre to Host Racial Equity and Inclusion Film Series this Spring

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 10:59 AM

  • Courtesy Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

Cleveland Cinemas and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization will present the third-annual Racial Equity & Inclusion film series this spring. In March, April and May, 2019 films focusing on race and racism will be screened at the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District, followed by refreshments and discussion at XYZ the Tavern.

“Our Racial Equity & Inclusion Film Series continues to welcome new participants into our neighborhood’s journey of understanding and demanding racial equity," said DSCDO Managing Director Jenny Spencer, in a statement provided to the media. "And the Capitol Theatre, nearly 100 years old, has been a fabulous asset for gathering our community around powerful stories. Diversity and social justice are core values of DSCDO, and systemic racism is antithetical to our vision of diverse, sustainable, and desirable neighborhoods where all people thrive.”

The films are as follows:

Wednesday, March 11th: Queen & Slim (2019, dir. by Melina Matsoukas). A couple’s first date takes a terrifying turn when a police officer pulls them over. Starring Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, this sleek, heart-pounding drama, which was partially filmed in Cleveland, has been described as a reframing of Bonnie & Clyde as a story about blackness in America.

Tuesday, April 14th: Always in Season (2019, dir. by Jacqueline Olive). This tragic documentary tells the story of African-American teenager Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging from a swingset in North Carolina in 2014. Lacy's death was initially ruled a suicide, but it was later believed that he was lynched. The documentary traces America's gruesome lynching history as it follows Lacy's mother's pursuit of justice. Director/producer Jacqueline Olive will attend the screening and the discussion afterwards.

Wednesday, May 13th: Just Mercy (2019, dir. by Destin Daniel Cretton). Civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), who authored a bestselling book by the same name, works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner (Jamie Foxx) in this stirring adaptation.

All films will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation. Gratis snacks and a cash bar will be available at XYZ after the films.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Cleveland-Based Company to Distribute Two Winning Movies From This Year’s Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 8:27 AM

  • Courtesy of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF) and Gravitas Ventures have announced a new partnership to benefit documentary filmmakers and further their shared missions of promoting the art of documentary film.

Beginning this year, the locally based company Gravitas Ventures will offer guaranteed distribution to over 100 million homes in North America via its partnerships in the cable, satellite, telco and OTT space to the winners in two categories at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival that’s scheduled to take place from Oct. 6 through Oct. 11.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

CIFF Names Patrik-Ian Polk as This Year's DReam Catcher Program and Award Recipient

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 12:28 PM

  • Courtesy of CIFF
The Cleveland International Film Festival has named pioneering LGBTQ filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk as its second Dream Catcher Program and Award recipient.

While in Cleveland for the festival, which takes place from March 25 to April 5, Polk will spend his time in Cleveland meeting with organizations whose missions support the LGBTQ community. He'll also meet with LGBTQ and film school student groups.

The DReam Catcher Award will be presented to Polk as part of the CIFF44 Closing Night Ceremony on Sunday, April 5.

An award-winning writer-director-producer-composer known for his films and TV series exploring the Black LGBTQ experience, Polk is often referred to as the Father of Black Gay Cinema. He created the “groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind,” gay black series Noah’s Arc for MTV/Logo in 2005.

Polk’s feature directorial debut, PUNKS, premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Independent Feature Film Award at the 24th Cleveland International Film Festival. The film will have a 20th anniversary screening at this year’s CIFF.

The DReam Catcher Program and Award celebrates LGBTQ artists through the recognition of an LGBTQ filmmaker at each CIFF. It was established in 2019 to honor the life and memory of the late David K. Ream, a beloved and long-serving CIFF trustee.

CIFF44 program details will be available online on Friday, Feb. 28. Tickets will go on sale to CIFF Members on Friday, March 6, and to the general public on Friday, March 13.

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